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SNKB-M1996-61K-90

Original specs/details

Full Name
IBM ThinkPad 365x Keyboard Assembly
Part Number
42H3970
Type
Model M6-1/ThinkPad Pointing Stick Keyboard
Switches
IBM M3/M4/ThinkPad buckling sleeves (Lexmark variant)
Feet
None
Connection
Integrated
Built-In Mouse
TrackPoint III
Production Date
1996-09-02
Acquisition Date
2021-04-29

About this keyboard type

The Model M6-1/ThinkPad pointing stick keyboard family were a wide range of ThinkPad keyboard assemblies and discrete keyboards. "True M6-1s" from the '90s were buckling sleeves keyboard assemblies produced by Lexmark, Maxi Switch and Key Tronic and were an evolution of the Model M4 family. These buckling sleeves M6-1s were succeeded by a myriad of scissor-switch keyboards produced by many OEMs including Acer, Alps, LITE-ON and NMB. These successors, however, mostly lacked the official M6-1 designation. Almost all M6-1s featured a TrackPoint pointing stick, however and specifically, the discrete SK-8845CR keyboard uses a Synaptics TouchStyk pointing stick instead. These 'classic' ThinkPad keyboards were axed by Lenovo around 2012, however, IBM and later Lenovo's x86 server division continued to have SK-8845CRs produced well after 2012.

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